WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) urged President Joe Biden to prioritize the vaccination of public educators and school district staff in his COVID-19 response plan.
In a letter addressed to the president, Rep. Bourdeaux calls attention to the local challenges school districts in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District have faced, including soaring transmission rates and teachers getting sick — and even dying — of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices recommended that essential workers, including teachers and school workers be prioritized for vaccines, but states like Georgia have not followed this guidance even as they have urged schools to stay open for in person instruction.
“In the 7th district, the COVID-19 safety standards as well as their enforcement varies significantly by school district — and even from school to school within a district,” said Rep. Bourdeaux in the letter to President Biden. “As a result, we have heard from many teachers and support staff who are afraid because they have been asked to put their health and lives on the line, and risk the health and lives of their families, to keep their jobs. I urge your administration to prioritize the vaccination of teachers and school support staff, as well as the development of clear guidelines for testing and contact tracing at schools. We also need clear federal guidelines strongly encouraging the use of masks on school property, safe building design, and safe practices in the school building and classroom.”
The full letter is available here.